OUR LADY MOTHER OF AFRICA
1st Reading: Acts 1:12-14: The apostles all joined in continuous prayer with Mary. The mother of Jesus.
Resp Ps Luke 1:46-55: The Almighty work marvelous for me. Holy is his name.
Gospel: John 2:1-11: Do whatever he tells you.
There comes a day when the wine runs out. The glass is empty. The party is over. On that day life seems empty and dry. There is no vibrancy or vitality. Nothing is growing or fermenting within us. Our world is colorless and tasteless. The bouquet of life is absent and we are living less than fully alive. Each one of us could tell a story about the day the wine ran out. It might be about the death of a loved one or the loss of a friendship or marriage. Some will speak about their search for love and acceptance. Some will describe their thirst for meaning and significance.
Others will tell of their guilt, disappointments, rejection or regrets. Some is about fear of what is or what might be. Stories of failure and self-doubt abound. Some will describe a longing and desire for something they cannot name or describe. The storyline of unanswered prayer, doubts, or questions is known by most. They are not all stories from the past, however. Some of us are living those stories today.
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This is not about the wine but It is about the wedding at Cana, our relationship with Jesus -the Bridegroom, our inner life, our way of being, more than the circumstances outside us. Christ does not simply refill our glasses. He transforms our lives, turning water into wine through the initiative and intercession of Mary.
That which was colorless is now vibrant red. That which had no taste now tingles the tongue. That which had no fragrance now has a full bouquet. That which had no life is now fermenting, active, and alive.
That’s the miracle at Cana and it has never ceased happening. Every moment of every day Christ the Son of Mary pours himself into the empty jars of our life. He is the good wine; extravagant, abundant, endless and our Mother is there waiting to help us through. Every time that good wine is poured our lives are changed and transformed. We are brought “out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 368).
Let us pray together with Mary- the Queen of Apostles who stood with the Apostles together in prayer as they waited for the gift of the Holy Spirit. May she remain the Queen of Africa and through her maternal intercession may Christ’s glory be revealed and we will be illumined, shining with the radiance of his glory. His glory becomes ours, two lives one glory. Bride and groom. United with the Godhead.
Peace be with you!